Author Archives: Michael Patton

About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, essayist, cartoonist, graphic artist, peace miller, new mythologist, and fledgling world citizen.... I grew up in Northwest Arkansas and have lived and worked all over the United States.... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.

the box rebellion

The last time I tried to create my own reality… …I got my foot stuck in a toaster. But seriously… I think “creating your own reality” is a useful concept.  But maybe not for all of us.  Maybe not even … Continue reading

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to a future generation from a pessimistic optimist

This message is addressed to a future generation… …the generation that will clean up our mess after we’re gone. Dear Future Generation… Right now, you may be asking yourself, “What were my ancestors thinking?  Didn’t they see that was bad … Continue reading

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the hope of an pessimistic optimist

All successful civilizations follow a pattern of behavior that leads to collapse… …according to William Ophuls, author of Immoderate Greatness. Here’s the gist of Ophuls’ argument: As a civilization grows and prospers, it naturally becomes more and more complex.  This … Continue reading

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grieve for the horse, grieve for ourselves

I say: take the general, but leave the horse. I’m referring to the horse beneath Robert E. Lee on the controversial statue in Charlottesville, Virginia. I believe Lee himself would agree to having his likeness removed.  In the years following … Continue reading

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basic understanding

This year, I became frustrated with media narratives… …and wondered how I could better understand our news. Don’t get me wrong: I don’t reject media narratives.  I don’t reject those one-line, two-line explanations of complex situations, presented by our major … Continue reading

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to dream the possible dream

Good group, wrong name. Recently, while doing an online search, I found a listing for “The Quixote Foundation”… Their stated mission is: “to see free people in fair societies on a healthy planet.” I praise their ambition.  I just wish … Continue reading

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extraordinary ordinary people

I say Martin Luther King, Jr. blessed all us ordinary folk… …when he chose not to join the Freedom Riders on their trip. In 1961, that multi-racial, multi-generational group boarded buses and traveled throughout the South to protest segregation. Leaving … Continue reading

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